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A Tour of Microsoft System Center 2012

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I admit it: I never liked Microsoft’s System Center server management suite. If you are one of my long-time readers, you know I mention it only sporadically, and even then without enthusiasm. It’s felt like a patch job of unrelated products. But the forthcoming System Center 2012 — now available in the form of a […]

How Windows Azure will change vendor and reseller relationships

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It’s undeniable that one day, most, if not all, enterprise data will sit in the cloud.  However, there’s is much work to be done in regards to migration, development, and systems integration, before one calls this movement can go further. Seeing that services like Windows Azure are fresh to this newfangled market, it’s unlikely that […]

Release Candidate for System Center 2012 Key Building Block in Your Private Cloud Strategy

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System Center 2012 Release Candidate (RC) joins Hyper-V and Windows Server as key building blocks for Microsoft’s private cloud strategy. ISVs are building out their cloud strategy by selling software for deployment to on premises or cloud customer sites, selling subscriptions through their own hosted solution, or by using Platform as a Service offering of […]

Amazon EC2 Reaches Out To Windows Developers

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Amazon EC2 is upping the ante with Microsoft’s competitive cloud platform, Azure, by matching its free offer of up to 750 hours per month, for up to a year, of developer time for Windows Server 2003 R2, 2008 and 2008 R2 editions. As part of its AWS Free Usage Tier, customers can select from a […]

Microsoft Takes a New Approach to the Cloud

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“Cloud” was the big word at Microsoft’s recent Private Cloud Reviewers’ Workshop here. There were many other words uttered, such as System Center 2012, Windows Azure, Hyper-V and so forth, but “cloud” seemed to be spoken the most. However, whenever presenters during the event—which ran the week of Jan. 9—mentioned the cloud, they were really talking […]

Microsoft Makes Cloud Management Move On VMware

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Microsoft is repositioning its System Center management suite to make it the central management console, not only for Windows Server in the enterprise data center, but also for future workloads in the on-premises cloud and Windows Azure public cloud. In doing so, it’s saying the next version, System Center 2012, due by the end of […]

Windows Azure system administration: Geared for the system-impaired

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When compared with your more traditional on-premise Windows setting, often managed by a well-rounded and diversified IT staff, many find it hard to believe that Windows Azure can prove to be just as, if not more, sustainable as a hosted solution. Furthermore, for many developers, building distributed Windows applications can appear as an entirely separate […]

AppFog Promotes Paas

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It’s hard telling just how many PaaS vendors there are out there. I found one list that includes 20, so that’s a starting point. Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Service Elastic Beanstock, Google Apps, and Force.com PaaS from Salesforce.com are all, of course, prominent players. Currently, when People think about PaaS, they associate it with the […]

Microsoft’s SQL Azure: Its place in the cloud strategy

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For almost ten years now, I’ve been working with SQL Server technologies. I began using the product at its inception, right around the time when Microsoft first broke off from the Sybase code base, with its preeminent SQL Server 7.0 release. However, it wasn’t until SQL Server 2000 came out that I came to realize […]

Microsoft Azure In 2012: Watch Out Amazon?

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Microsoft plans to bolster Windows Azure in the coming months as it looks to fill gaps in the cloud OS. Redmond’s goal: to make Azure a more compelling environment for mission-critical enterprise applications and services while reducing migration hassles. Observers suggest the changes will go so far as to move Azure from platform as a […]

Will Azure Cloud Services be Microsoft’s New OS?

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Microsoft makes the most popular OS in the world. That’s been true for over 30 years. Moreover, they have developed software for businesses, and games, and now are trying their best to enter and make an impact in the smart phone market.  But could it be that their best new market is the Cloud? Could […]

Microsoft Enables Linux on Azure, Offers Emergency .NET Fix

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Microsoft has recently announced that it is enabling Linux on Windows Azure, and working on allowing its customers to make virtual machines (VMs) persistent on its Windows Azure platform. This means that users will be able to create virtual Linux servers on Azure without losing data. Though Azure already provides support for VMs, the company […]

Microsoft`s Windows Azure Cloud: 8 Recent Upgrades

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Microsoft on Dec. 12 announced several updates to the Windows Azure platform, including new open-source capabilities, SQL Azure database enhancements and a simplified Windows Azure billing and management experience. With the new open-source capabilities, customers will benefit from the first ever Windows Azure software development kit, including language libraries for Node.js and support for hosting, […]

Keynote: Getting Started with Windows Azure

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Learn how to get started building applications for Windows Azure with the Windows Azure SDK & Tools from Microsoft Corporate VP Scott Guthrie.If you watched this session, please help us by taking this short survey.  To watch this video, please visit: Keynote: Getting Started with Windows Azure- Channel 9

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